You are the average of the five people you are most around, but what if?

When people say, “you’re the average of the five people you are most around” chances are the cliche is not referring to the “five people in the closest cubicles.” via Jobs: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly – The Mission – Medium

After I read the above article, a dilemma gets into my mind.

Suppose you have the following offers:
– an opportunity to join a growth company, they leading in a certain sector and they started hiring experienced management stuff and people
– an opportunity to join a young company, exciting ideas but might not have that much of experience as the growth company
– an opportunity to start something on your own

Taking the payroll and benefits aside. If we are the average of the 5 people, wouldn’t it be better to join the growth company? Since they are able to hire “smarter, more experienced” people and as you joined them you pick up from them.

You are the average of the five people you are most around, but what if?

You are taking your things into your own hands, like an independent worker. You might or might not be around people very much. For example: a freelance programmer. Taking most of your work from up work. In this case, I think and believe books are the best way to learn.

If you are living in Singapore.

The National Library is the next place for this. No fees, no charges. All the books you like to read.

If it is Ebooks, you can also take a look at this

Here are two books I’m reading now:
– All That Man Is
– The power to compete

Why two books? Because if I’m reading only a book, I get bored. So I borrowed two to switch around.

So yes, if you are an independent, grow yourself by reading more books. It helps a lot.